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Covid-19 has required some changes. First of all, some very important information:
“There are multiple websites, disappearing slots and even attempts to game the system. Here’s our guide to what you have to do to get a dose in your arm.”
For March we are going to try a different format – “Top 10 Corona Culture” – updated info and video especially suited to these difficult times OR NYC related visual info (Instagram and YouTube) OR all the NYC news you need to start your day.
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Today it’s NYC Weekend Corona Culture (Sun). NEW STUFF!
Thrillist, a site with tons of food, drink, travel & entertainment info, introduces folks to the coolest things to do in NYC (and other places when you are traveling). I like to check them out regularly. You should, too.
“As we mark the one-year anniversary this week of NYC officially going into lockdown, the city has come a long way since last March. However, the continued rise in anti-Asian violence and racism both within the city and across the country only shows that there’s still work to be done—and it’s important that we support our fellow AAPI New Yorkers during this especially difficult time.
This weekend, as you spend time with your family and loved ones, we also ask that you check in on your AAPI friends, neighbors, and local small businesses. Because as New Yorkers, taking care of each other is what we do. And whether it’s through showing kindness or wearing a mask and social distancing responsibly, we’ll only get through it together.”
In Mandarin, “chi” can translate to eat and “nah” to where. At Chinah, a brand-new, homestyle Chinese spot, their hope is that you’ll want to eat everything from there. The takeout and delivery concept originated in Jersey City and this downtown location is their first Manhattan outpost. The menu centers around a bowl concept: favorites include a hot and sour Szechuan shredded pork, served with seasonal greens, smashed cucumber salad, and forbidden black rice; and the Signature, made with honey-soy glazed, thick-cut pork belly, greens, and white rice.
Cost: Bowls from $11
Even months before NYC’s first official COVID-19 case and lockdown last March, Chinatown in downtown Manhattan saw a drastic decrease in business and foot traffic due to anti-Asian sentiment and xenophobia. Since then, residents, non-profit organizations, and advocates like Chinese-American cookbook author and culinary historian, Grace Young, have been fighting to regain a semblance of vitality for the neighborhood, and its eateries and small businesses are in need of our continued support. This weekend, help save the historic neighborhood by paying it a visit and give a listen to our recent Thrillist Explorers Podcast episode to learn more on how to do your part.
A mashup of a croissant with anything is pretty damn tasty, but have you ever had a croffle? It’s —you probably guessed—a croissant that’s been smashed into a waffle maker. But at Croffle House in Flushing, they don’t stop there: you can top your croffle with everything from mangoes and whipped cream to the more savory combo of red bean and butter. And, if you’re still hungry, grab a chewy mochi doughnut on your way out: they’ve got flavors from lemon to Oreo.
Cost: Croffles from $3.25
Lower East Side
New Yorkers love to argue about the size of burger patties: do you prefer them so big that you can barely take a bite? Or griddled thin and crispy? If you’re in the latter camp, pencil in a meal this weekend at Smashed, a new burger spot that’s slinging skinny patties loaded with flavor. While you can’t go wrong with the Classic (American cheese, onions, pickles, special sauce), we also recommend bringing your appetite and grabbing the messy-but-worth-it chilli cheeseburger. And good news, vegans: they’ve even got an Impossible smashed patty.
Cost: Burgers from $8
Passover may not start until next week, but luckily, Breads Bakery is getting in the holiday spirit early. All sorts of flourless goodies are available at the shop, including coconut macaroons, cheesecake, and chocolate brownie cake. You can even pick up some savory dishes that are a far cry from regular Seder fare: think a sunchoke and gruyere matzah brei.
Cost: Cookie sets from $11
We love celebrating new businesses opening during a pandemic, and this is one we’ve waited a long time for. FIASCO is a wine shop from famed bartender Ivy Mix and wine industry vets Conor McKee and Piper Kristensen that originally signed its lease in February of ‘20 (hence the name). As to be expected from the shop’s pedigree, this is far from a typical store: the trio is not only sourcing many rare bottles, but placing an emphasis on wines from women, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ makers. Even better, they’re planning on hiring as many people from the neighborhood as possible, so local oenophiles: polish those resumes.
Cost: Prices vary
Saturday, March 20 and Sunday, March 21
This weekend, The Apollo is mounting their fifth annual WOW (Women of the World) Festival, a two-day digital celebration of conversations, workshops, and performances from women and girls around the globe. The theme this year is Black Women Transcending and will feature everything from learning how to wear headwraps to cooking Ghanaian food to live concerts from singers like Adeline. Don’t miss the closing night program of short films by women in sci-fi, fantasy, and folklore.
Cost: $20 for the full festival pass
If your at-home efforts to become a tie-dyeing master didn’t work out so well, SavageHall Thrift’s pop-up at Fern Botanica is here for you. Check out their Spring ’21 collection in person for this weekend only: it’s a mix of carefully edited vintage finds, plus their hand-dyed, upcycled streetwear. And, since everything is one-of-a-kind, you can be assured that absolutely no one else will be rocking it.
Cost: Prices vary
Grab and go has certainly never been as popular as right now, but that doesn’t mean you should settle for sad little salads or dried-out chicken breasts. Instead, treat yourself to dinner from twiggy to go, a new spot from chef Mitchel London who was Mayor Ed Koch’s chef at Gracie Mansion back in the day. Twiggy will be selling everything from Indonesian noodles with chicken and shrimp to roasted tomato and gruyere tarts, with all the food being prepped in-house daily. And London is famous for his sweets, so don’t skimp on confections like the chocolate devil dog cake or the classic apple pie.
Cost: Entrees from $15
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“In like a lion and out like a lamb, the month of March begins with loads of new public art on display and some closing out before months end. There are installations to interact with, bring kids to, marvel over after dark, or make a pit stop at on your way out of town. Here are the new public art installations to see this month in New York City!” (untappedcities.com)
Dumplings, tacos, ramen—the best Chinatown restaurants in New York City serve all that and much more
“February 2021: Now more than ever, it’s essential to support the best Chinatown restaurants in NYC, which have faced a unique set of challenges over the last year. Still, the neighborhood has risen to the occasion in brilliant and creative ways. From the illuminated lanterns now strung across Mott Street to creative outdoor dining set-ups, if you haven’t been to Chinatown lately, it’s worth taking some time to explore its many treasures—including its absolutely fantastic restaurants. These are our favorites that are currently open.
New York’s best Chinatown restaurants are more than dim sum and Peking duck—although, the downtown neighborhood is rife with fantastic options for both. No, the food possibilities expand well beyond some of the city’s best Chinese restaurants to include creative Mexican restaurants and Cali-coolcafes. Whether you’re looking for traditional soup dumplings or French-Malaysian fare, these Chinatown restaurants have something for you.” (TONY)============================================================================
WFUV-FM 90.7 is my fave local radio station. Noncommercial, member-supported with a format of adult album alternative music, WFUV is doing it’s best to keep us connected to our music with a comprehensive, updated list of live music online.
WFUV Live Online (March 18 – March 24)
Through 3/20 – SXSW’s virtual music festival
3/18 Tedeschi Trucks Band “The Fireside Sessions”
3/18 VP Records’ Ms. Pat with Catalina Maria Johnson, Summerstage Anywhere
3/18 Lord Huron streaming series
3/18 A.J. Croce by request
3/20 Oates Songfest 7908 with John Oates, Daryl Hall, Dave Grohl, Shawn Colvin, more
3/21 We’re Texas benefit with Willie Nelson, Gary Clark Jr., Miranda Lambert
3/24 Crowded House live acoustic
3/24 Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold livestream
“Need an excuse to leave your house (and perhaps even put on an #OOTD-worthy outfit) this week? The city’s got you covered. Grab your mask and get your phone camera ready for the most recent batch of art installations, exhibitions, and Instagrammable eateries just waiting for a place on your feed. Trust, your followers will thank you.”
“Forget limp lettuce—these resolution-friendly menus at healthy restaurants cut the calories but keep the yum
We get it: Keeping New Year’s resolutions can be tough. Hell, choosing so-called healthy plates over decadent dishes and snackable cheap eats is downright torture. But this year, we found the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants, health-conscious coffee shops and dinettes, and takeout and delivery favorites to keep your goals on track. So ditch the kale salad and chow down on better-for-you brunch or border-crossing bites instead.”
“An interactive digital art exhibition that has taken the world by storm will open in New York City this summer. Immersive Van Gogh explores the post-Impressionist works of Vincent Van Gogh through massive, moving projections. Created by film producer Massimiliano Siccardi and producer Corey Ross, and with mood-setting music by composer Luca Longobardi, the experience will open at a yet-to-be-announced location in the city on June 10.”
“Nicolas Cage hosts the history of swearing. Lorde writes a book and Julie Mehretu takes over the Whitney. This new year has to be better, right?”
“Check out our suggestions for the best art exhibitions you don’t want to miss, including recently opened shows and more
With New York’s art scene being so prominent yet ever-changing, you’ll want to be sure to catch significant exhibitions. Time Out New York rounds up the best art shows and exhibits in NYC, from offerings at the best photography and art galleries in NYC to shows at renowned institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim.”